Soon after he was sworn in as the forty sixth President of the United States, Joe Biden received straight right down to work signing 17 executive actions on points starting from the coronavirus pandemic and the surroundings to LGBTQI+ rights and local weather change.
A big half of Biden’s Day 1 agenda concerned reversing some of the most important overseas coverage and nationwide safety choices launched by the Trump administration. Biden halted the US’ withdrawal from the World Health Organisation and additionally signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris settlement on local weather change.
“There’s no time to start like today,” he informed reporters on the Oval Office, CNN reported. “I’m going to start by keeping the promises I made to the American people.”
Several of his executive strikes have been additionally focussed on grappling with the influence of the coronavirus pandemic on the financial system and the nation’s healthcare infrastructure. With over 24.6 million Covid-19 instances and greater than 4.1 lakh deaths so far, the US is presently reporting the best coronavirus caseload and demise toll on the earth.
Here is a listing of the executive actions Biden has signed so far
To fight Covid-19
# Perhaps probably the most important of Biden’s first few executive strikes was his determination to reinstate ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO), reversing Trump’s determination to take away the US from the worldwide public well being physique.
A delegation headed by high US infectious illness specialist Anthony Fauci will attend the 148th session of the WHO Executive Board later this week.
# He launched a ‘100 Days Masking’ problem to encourage Americans to put on face masks as Covid-19 instances and deaths proceed to rise steadily throughout the nation. He has additionally launched a masks mandate that can make social distancing and sporting face coverings obligatory for everybody in federal buildings and land.
# In one other executive order, he restored the directorate for international well being safety and biodefence on the National Security Council, which Trump had earlier disbanded. To ramp up the nation’s response to the pandemic, he additionally appointed businessman Jeffrey Zients as the official Covid-19 response coordinator. Zients will report on to the president.
# After Trump pushed to finish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects ‘Dreamers’ — immigrants delivered to the US as kids — Biden handed an executive order to “preserve and fortify” DACA additional.
# Another executive order has halted the development of Trump’s notorious wall alongside the Mexican border. The order additionally states that the Biden administration will begin to look into the legality of diverting federal cash to fund the development of the wall.
# Biden additionally reversed Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’, which prevented journey to the US from a quantity of predominantly Muslim and African nations.
# He revoked the Trump administration’s plan to forestall the Census from counting undocumented immigrants.
# Another order revoked Trump’s “harsh and extreme immigration enforcement” and directed businesses to introduce contemporary immigration insurance policies that have been extra attuned to the Biden administration’s approach of doing issues.
To curb local weather change
# Biden signed a letter to re-join the Paris Agreement on local weather change inside 30 days. In 2019, Trump withdrew from the coalition of practically 200 nations working to fight local weather change and international warming by decreasing inexperienced home fuel emissions.
# Another executive order reverses Trump’s insurance policies which have harmed the surroundings, public well being or nationwide curiosity. One of the Trumpian insurance policies blocked by Biden, was the controversial $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline venture. Environmentalist have lengthy claimed that constructing the pipeline would signify a dedication to creating the Alberta oil sands, the place oil manufacturing is about to double by 2030, and enhance North America’s reliance on fossil gas.
To promote racial and LGBTQI+ equality
# The Biden administration has requested the federal government to interpret the nation’s Civil Rights Act as prohibiting discrimination primarily based on sexual orientation and gender id, other than color, intercourse, faith and ethnicity.
# Biden revoked the Trump administration’s latest 1776 Commission report, which aimed to advertise “patriotic education” in faculties however that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda. Some officers mentioned that by the report, the earlier administration tried to erase America’s historical past of racial injustice, AP reported.
The order additionally pushes to embed “equity across federal policymaking and rooting out systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity from federal programs and institutions.”
# Biden additionally signed an executive order that prolonged the eviction moratorium for individuals who have fallen behind on their hire and payments because of unemployment or decreased salaries throughout the Covid pandemic. The order directs the CDC to increase the moratorium, which was earlier to run out by the tip of the month, till March 31 at the very least.
# Following Biden’s order, the US Department of Education prolonged the pause on federal scholar mortgage funds till September.
Restoring White House ethics
# Biden directed all federal staff to take an ethics pledge with an purpose “to restore and maintain trust in the government.”